Finishing the Road is set in 1990s Guatemala, where a long, often brutal, civil war persists. The Canadian, French and Guatemalan protagonists travel the country, confronting various questions. How to forge an identity amid an intense sense of rootlessness? Where is home for the lonely and emotionally adrift? How to overcome grief? In his debut novel, David Cozac introduces the reader to a land beset by loss and to people seeking to end their isolation, free themselves of doubt and rekindle human connection.
“David Cozac’s novel reminds us that the bird of Guatemala, the quetzal, cannot survive in captivity. His story pays homage to the flight of the resplendent bird, whose beautiful plumage is echoed in the intricacies of Ixil weaving. In this braided quest story, four individuals seek connection and belonging in the highlands of Guatemala. In prose that flows with the inflections and metaphors of the land, a story is woven of three separate journeys. A teenaged girl takes her brother back to the village from which their family fled a decade earlier. Theirs is the story of persistence in the face of persecution, and an honouring of ancient ways. A young woman seeks to connect with the father she never met by travelling to the places that shaped him. A young man finds solace and direction in her published accounts. This is a novel about healing the wounds of fatherlessness, about the weaving of chance and fate, the wisdom of hope and the potential liberty in following the path of the heart.”—Kelley Aitken, author of Canadian Shield and Love in a Warm Climate
“Finishing the Road was, for me, the type of book you don’t want to put down, can’t wait to pick up, and yet, at the same time, you never want it to end.”—James Fisher, Miramichi Reader
Photo by Sharon Ting
Canadian author David Cozac was born and raised in Toronto. He works for the United Nations. In the past, he worked for several human rights organizations, including PEN Canada and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.